Flight of Fancy
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Flight of Fancy

The Galle Chandelier
April 9, 2019 - April 19, 2020 
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This display provides an in-depth look at a French chandelier made by the bronze caster and gilder Ge?rard Jean Galle in about 1818–19. Resembling a hot-air balloon, the chandelier is a work of extreme novelty that includes the signs of the zodiac and a glass bowl intended to hold water for small goldfish. Following contemporary taste, Galle adapted motifs found in ancient art to new forms of furniture creating an intriguing object that was thoroughly modern for its time.

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